Gopher FB recruits look good in Week two

Friday night was the second week for most high school football teams. Several Minnesota recruits shined in their second contest of the 2003 season. The following is a look at some of the performances by Minnesota commitments or recruiting targets.

Dominique Barber of Wayzata (2-0), who committed to Minnesota earlier this week, had the best games of his high school career as he scored three touchdowns in the Trojans' 49-0 win over Cooper. Barber had touchdown runs of 1, 16 and 13 yards and finished with 108 yards. Wayzata is ranked #6 in Class A.


Barber received some big holes behind the Wayzata offensive line, led by Tony Sparkman, who is being recruited by Minnesota and Illinois. 


QB Johnny Carlson completed just 10 of 27 passes for 156 yards and one passing as Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins lost to crosstown rival Minnetonka 23-14. He rushed for 41 yards on eleven carries. He threw a 29 yard touchdown pass, but was intercepted twice. Carlson committed to Minnesota in June.


Hutchinson QB Tony Mortensen rushed for one touchdown and passed for another touchdown, but it was not enough as the Tigers, ranked #1 in Class 4A were upset by Farmington 17-14. Farmington controlled the game with a running game as they rushed for 361 yards. Mortensen scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter for Hutchinson (1-1) and he threw a six-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Mortensen is considering Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska.


Liam O'Hagan of Breck threw for four touchdowns as the Mustangs, ranked #3 in Class AA beat St. Peter 35-6. O'Hagan has thrown for nine touchdowns in his first two games.

His brother is a pitcher at Stanford and the Cardinal, Boston College and Minnesota are among the schools recruiting him.


Teammate Brandon Robinson caught three touchdown passes from O'Hagan for the second straight week as he snared eight passes for 205 yards. Boston College, California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have all offered him a scholarship and he is considering Boston College, California, Stanford, UCLA, Minnesota and Colorado among his favorites. Robinson is one of the country's top defensive back prospects. He has set up a visit to Stanford Dec. 6.


Darrel Davenport rushed for 176 yards and Henry Sibley forced four Mahtomedi turnovers as Sibley upset the #3 Class 4A Zephyrs 34-13. It was Mahtomedi's first conference loss in the Classic Suburban League's three-year history. Davenport and offensive lineman teammate Brain Knoll both attended the Gopher-Tulsa game last weekend. Davenport has rushed for 368 yards in two games. He is also an outstanding sprinter. Mahtomedi's Jerod Arlich is a standout fullback and linebacker who just received a scholarship offer from Colorado. Minnesota had offered him and he attended the Tulsa game.


Jack Simmons of Carmel (IL) High committed to Minnesota last week. His team is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Chicago Tribune. They defeated Benet 21-15 in East Suburban Catholic action. Carmel (2-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead before the Redwings (1-1, 1-1) tied the score at 14 with 1:51 to play. Carmel scored with 48 seconds left to seal the game. 


Matt DeGeest of Harrisburg (SD) High committed to Minnesota in August. He helped lead the Tigers to a 17-14 win over Tri-Valley as they evened their record to 1-1.


Minneapolis Washburn defeated Patrick Henry 53-0 as they have outscored their first two opponents 95-7. The Millers' standout Tommy Leavitt plays tight end, defensive end and linebacker. He has been offered a scholarship by the Gophers.


Armstrong fell to Cretin Durham Hall 21-19 as their two-point conversion with 36 seconds left was broken up as they fell. Armstrong's Everette Pedescleaux is a two-sport standout who plays fullback, tight end and defensive end. He has been offered a scholarship by Minnesota and Kansas State and has narrowed his list to ten schools in football.


Southfield (MI) High fell for the second straight time as they lost to Birmingham Seaholm 36-6. Starc wide receiver Isaac Price has been offered scholarships by Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, and Bowling Green.

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